Richmond teacher’s practical joke falls flat on pupils

2014-12-02 00:00

A RICHMOND teacher who bluffed her matric class over the weekend that they had to re-write their Life Sciences exam will not be censured.

The teacher, whose name is known to The Witness, told Congco High School matrics on Saturday that there were content and accuracy problems in the first Life Sciences paper and that they had to come to school on Monday (yesterday) to rewrite it.

The message sent on a WhatsApp group on Saturday read: “Kuthiwa niyayiphinda (It has been said that you will repeat) Life Sciences p1. There were problems ­regarding its accuracy and content. Please tell others too. Monday.”

On Sunday night, she sent another WhatsApp message to say she was just kidding.

“Hahahahaaa … enjoy your holidays bovobe (useless things). I’m out,” she texted.

Some pupils said the teacher’s behaviour caused ­“panic” while other said they knew she was joking because it was an external paper.

“Her joke was not funny at all. It was a bad joke. I was supposed to go to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday but I could not because I was studying. I spent over three hours preparing myself,” said a pupil who asked not to be named.

He said he was surprised when another pupil told him that there was actually no exam to repeat.

Lindokuhle Mbhele said he did not take her seriously because they always cracked jokes together on WhatsApp.

“Some pupils believed her but I didn’t. Even if I was asked to re-write it would not have been a problem because I’m always ready. I’m sharp.”

The teacher admitted to the prank and said pupils kept asking her if the whole of Richmond was ­repeating the paper or if it was them only.

“I told them everyone was repeating,” she said.

“It was not something serious as we always chat on the group. I’m so sorry, shame. I’m disappointed because I was joking.”

Isaac Luthuli, spokesperson in the MEC for education’s office, defended the teacher, saying it’s a pity that some pupils found the joke was not funny because it was a ­national paper.

“It sounds like it’s not the first time they have joked about something like this. We cannot venture into their social communication. It was just a joke.”

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